The Impact of COVID-19 on Math Learning and Our Path to Recovery

Jun 8, 2024 | Pleasant Hill

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected education worldwide, and the Bay Area, including Contra Costa County, is no exception. As students transitioned back to in-person learning, it became evident that the pandemic had left a significant mark on academic performance, particularly in mathematics. State assessment scores reveal that the journey to recovery is ongoing, with math performance lagging behind pre-pandemic levels. However, efforts by local educational institutions, including the Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, are making a difference in bridging this gap.

The State of Math Learning Post-Pandemic Recent data from the Smarter Balanced exams, administered to California students in grades three through eight and grade 11, paint a clear picture of the current academic landscape. In the 2022-23 school year, only 46.5% of students in the Bay Area met or exceeded the standards for mathematics. This is a notable decline compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2018-19, where the average pass rates were 4 percentage points higher. Statewide, the situation is similar, with just 34.6% of students meeting the standards in mathematics, reflecting a 5-percentage point drop since before the pandemic.

The Efforts to Recover Despite these challenges, there is a concerted effort within the community to address and mitigate the impact of pandemic-related learning loss. Schools across Contra Costa County, along with dedicated centers like Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, are working tirelessly to support students in regaining their mathematical proficiency. These institutions employ targeted strategies and personalized learning plans to help students catch up and excel.

At Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, we believe that every student has the potential to overcome these setbacks. Our approach focuses on understanding each student's unique learning needs and providing tailored support to strengthen their math skills. Through engaging and interactive sessions, we aim to make math learning enjoyable and effective, fostering both competence and confidence in our students.

The Role of Families in the Recovery Process As we approach the summer, there is a golden opportunity for families to play a pivotal role in their children's math education. The summer break can be a time of significant learning and growth, and with the right support, students can make substantial progress. At Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, we offer a range of summer programs designed to keep students engaged and improve their math skills. Our programs are structured to provide consistent practice, review foundational concepts, and introduce advanced topics in a fun and supportive environment.

Looking Forward While the road to full recovery from pandemic-related learning loss is challenging, it is not insurmountable. The combined efforts of schools, educational centers, and families can create a powerful support system for students. At Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, we are committed to being an integral part of this journey. Our goal is to help every student in Contra Costa County reach their full potential in mathematics, ensuring they are well-prepared for future academic success.

In conclusion, the impact of COVID-19 on math learning has been significant, but through dedicated community efforts and the support of educational centers like Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill, we can overcome these challenges. This summer presents the perfect opportunity for families to engage their children in math practice, making use of the resources and programs available to set them on a path to success. Together, we can help our students not just recover, but thrive in their mathematical abilities.

For more information on how Mathnasium of Pleasant Hill can support your child's math learning journey, visit our website or contact us directly. Let’s work together to make this summer a transformative period for our students.


  1. Hough, H. J. (2023, October 30). Have Bay Area students recovered from pandemic learning losses? Here’s what state test scores show. PACE. Link to article